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Image: Robert Mapplethorpe Patti Smith 1978 (detail) © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Tonight we’re celebrating our new exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium and paying tribute to Mapplethorpe’s incredible friendship with Patti Smith. Join the exhibition’s coordinating curator for a talk then delve into the music of Mapplethorpe’s era with music writer Clinton Walker as he takes a look at some of the album covers from the time. Then hear one of Australia’s most striking songsmiths, Lucie Thorne, interpret some of Patti’s songs.

1 November 2017


earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

until 2019

Mikala Dwyer
a shape of thought

until 4 Feb 2018

Out of the ordinary
works from the ARTAND Emerging Artist Collection

until 2018

Passion and procession
art of the Philippines

until 7 Jan 2018

Pat Brassington
the body electric

until 11 Feb 2018

Robert Mapplethorpe
the perfect medium

until 4 Mar 2018

Something living

until 11 Feb 2018


until Aug 2018

Victorian watercolours

until 3 Dec 2017

On Wednesdays the Gallery stays open late for Art After Hours*

Displays until 10pm

Cafe until 9.30pm

Restaurant until 9pm

Gallery Shop until 9pm

Members lounge until 9pm

Library and archive until 6.30pm

*Except 20, 27 December 2017 and 3 January 2018

Courtesy bus runs every 15 mins from 7pm until closing from the Gallery to surrounding car parks and Martin Place

Macquare University and Art Gallery of New South Wales Society